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The P G Wodehouse Society (UK)

Towards the back of every edition of our journal Wooster Sauce we have two full pages of mentions made in the press of PGW. These are sent in by eagle-eyed Society members. Here is a selection of some of the best, but to read all of them you will have to become a member! (click here)


Daily Telegraph, March 3rd

Michael Deacon’s Commons Sketch, in looking at the SNP’s call for a new referendum, wrote, “PG Wodehouse wrote that it’s never hard ‘to tell the difference between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine’. In the case of the SNP, however, this is untrue. They love a good grievance. Nothing makes them happier.”

The Times Supplement T2, March 21st

A wonderful two-page spread on the Society’s new President, Alexander Armstrong, who was interviewed by journalist and Society member Patrick Kidd.

Austin Daily Herald, March 26th

In an interview, Faith Sullivan, author of Good Night, Mr Wodehouse, commented that when she picked up her first Wodehouse novel, “I went through it like a bowl of salted peanuts”.

Guardian, April 20th

In an article about rugby, of all sports, Paul Rees wrote that the director of rugby at the Harlequins, who had just been defeated, “wore the air of a man who, in the words of PG Wodehouse, had searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle”.

The Oldie, May

An article about a mischievous Oxford don, Dr Angus McIntyre, who wrote a spoof biography of Sir Humphrey Appleby (of Yes Minister fame) on the Magdalen College Register, bemoaned the fact that Dr M’s untimely death robbed him of his plan to include another fictional character on the register – one Bertram Wilberforce Wooster.

Guardian, June 8th

In ‘Stop The World I need a break’, Victoria Coren Mitchell listed good things in the world, including; “Opening a P G Wodehouse novel on a rainy afternoon and starting to read. (Jeeves placed the sizzling eggs and b on the breakfast table and Reginald ‘Kipper’ Herring and I, licking the lips, squared our elbows and got down to it ….)”

The Times, July 3rd

In the Letters page, Frank Creaney wrote of the debate about ties in the House of Commons. “Tieless MPs in the Commons? What next? The wearing of bandanas? This proposal by the Speaker puts me in mind of Bertie Wooster berating Jeeves for questioning the need for ties to be worn ‘at a time like this’. ‘Sir,’ replies Jeeves, ‘there is no time when ties do not matter’.”

New York Times, July 24th

Peri Klass, in writing about his late father, said that “he read aloud an astonishing number of the works of P G Wodehouse, explaining the jokes, however, inappropriate … The Great Sermon Handicap … took a fair bit of explaining but my father loved explaining and I cannot reread the story (and I do reread the story) without hearing his voice, full of delight in every aspect of the set-up.”

Tribune, August 7th

In “The day of the nodder”, Vivek Atray wrote: “P G Wodehouse was always ahead of his time. And when he introduced the breed of ‘nodders’ in a classic short story based on Hollywood’s goings-on in the 1920s, he broke the mould. The very concept of engaging a man who would nod vigorously at the exact moment when the engager needed him to was innovative to say the least.”

Jersey Evening Post, August 17th

A brief but right-minded article by an unidentified writer declared that “Wodehouse is the perfect antidote to today’s misery”… the author went on to describe Wodehouse’s working methods and explain the wartime episode. “When asked if he didn’t hate the Nazis … he replied that he found it impossible to ‘hate in the plural’. Both the news and the world would be an easier place if, like Wodehouse, we absolutely refused to ‘hate in the plural’. Hear! Hear!